Samsung Data Migration review
Samsung Data Migration (SDM) is a data migration software that allows you to transfer over all existing files and programs from a current HDD or SSD to a new Samsung drive such as Samsung 850 EVO SSD, Samsung 840 Pro SSD, etc. It also allows you to clone a larger capacity drive to a smaller Samsung SSD. The last version of Samsung Data Migration offers support for Windows 10.
*This same software may not work for cloning drives with do not have Windows installed.
Samsung Data Migration Clone
Samsung Data Migration clone will walk through the process of cloning an existing Windows system hard drive to a new Samsung SSD. It is not complicated and you can follow the steps below to use Samsung Data Migration on Windows 10:
1. Connect your new Samsung SSD to your PC based-on Windows 10 OS. Launch your Samsung Data Migration software (You may need to download the software from Samsung’s website). Here you need to click on Start in the bottom right hand corner.
2. This software will display you the source and target drive. And here, you need to make sure the drive you want to clone from is selected as the source disk, and the new Samsung SSD is selected as the target disk. Then, click Start.
3. It will give you a warning to remind you that all data on the Target Disk will be deleted and cannot be recovered. Also, files on the Source Disk that are open cannot be cloned. So you need to close all running files before cloning, and make sure you pick the right disk as the target disk, or you can backup disk in advanced. Then, click Yes to continue and the cloning process will now begin.
4. When the process is finished, it will display you “The data on the source disk has been cloned to your Samsung SSD”. Quit the program and you can shut down the system and install the new disk.
However, not everyone can use Samsung Data Migration to clone hard drive to SSD successfully. You may meet the errors such as “Samsung Data migration not enough space”, “Samsung Data Migration not working” that may cause Samsung Data Migration cloning failed. Besides, Samsung Data Migration may not work for cloning drives with do not have Windows installed, and you cannot use it to clone hard drive to SSD that is not Samsung brand.
Fortunately, those problems can be solved by another disk cloning software - AOMEI Partition Assistant.
Cloning hard drive with disk cloning software - AOMEI Partition Assistant
AOMEI Partition Assistant is a great cloning software that supports multiple HDD/SSD brands including Samsung, Kingston, SanDisk, Seagate, WD, Intel, etc. It provides you three copy methods to satisfy your different requirements:
Disk Copy Wizard: Cloning entire hard drive to another HDD/SSD;
Partition Copy Wizard: Cloning single partition or multiple partitions to another HDD/SSD;
Migrate OS to SSD: Cloning Windows operating system files and programs to another HDD/SSD.
AOMEI Partition Assistant should be the best alternative to Samsung Data Migration in Windows 10/8/7. With this software, you can easily clone boot drive to Samsung SSD, or you can use it to clone data drive to Samsung SSD.
Step 1. Connect your Samsung SSD to your Windows PC. Install and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant (You can free download AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro Demo to have a try). In the main interface, click All Tools -> Disk Copy Wizard.
Step 2. To copy disk to a smaller one, here you need to select Copy Disk Quickly, and then, click Next.
Step 3. Here you can choose your source disk, AOMEI Partition Assistant allows you to clone both boot drive and data drive to another new SSD, so here you can choose any hard drive according to your needs. Then, click Next.
Step 4. Then, choose the Samsung SSD (or other brands’ SSD) as destination disk, you need to check the option of “Optimize the performance of SSD” for optimizing SSD’s performance during the cloning process. Click Next.
Step 5. AOMEI Partition Assistant allows you to edit partitions on the destination disk. Or you can choose to repartition hard drive after clone. Click Next.
Step 6. Here will give you a note about how to boot computer after clone if you are cloning system disk. Click Next.
Step 7. Finally, click Apply to submit the whole operations.
When the process is finished, you can exit the program.
Using AOMEI Partition Assistant to clone hard drive to SSD in Windows 10 is a good way if you are failed by using Samsung Data Migration Windows 10. It can help you fix errors that would cause Samsung Data Migration cloning failed. Besides, it is also a great hard disk partition manager that supports you to manage partition on hard drive better. It is worth to have a try.